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Charity Fun Dog Show – 23 October

A charity fun dog day is being held on Wednesday 23 October at Newbourne Village Hall by the Brainy Dogs arm of brain injury charity Headway Suffolk.

The fundraising event, which is being held in the half-term holidays, takes place from 11am – 3pm and will have Halloween-themed activities for adults and children with their four-legged friends.

Events in the main ring will include fun dog show classes, dog training demonstrations and a fancy dress competition. There will also be a Halloween dog trail, an obstacle course and hoop a dog activities throughout the day, with many great prizes up for grabs.

Sophie Wellum-Mayes, the Brainy Dogs coordinator, will also be on hand to discuss any problems people are having with their own dogs and put forward any recommendations.

Join the Facebook event page – www.facebook.com/events/578872299313771.

The Brainy Dogs service takes rescue dogs, who are then trained to become life-changing companion dogs to people with a brain injury or a neurological condition.

The training is carried out, under the guidance of Sophie, by prisoners at HMP Hollesley Bay and teenagers and adults whose lives have been affected by mental ill-health, exclusion from education and criminal behaviour. Trainers gain work experience and learn new life skills.

More than 70 dogs have been given a new start in life, providing much-needed companionship and support to people who, due to a brain injury or a neurological condition, may have experienced a personality change, which has impacted on their relationship with friends and family.

This year, Brain Dogs was shortlisted from over 700 National Lottery-funded projects into the final of the National Lottery’s 25th Birthday Awards. It was the only project from East Anglia.